Entries with tag Authentication.

Heartbeat Becomes Newest Security Biometric

A Canadian firm is developing biometric software focused on authentication that uses a heartbeat. Bionym, founded by two recent University of Toronto graduates, develops biometric software. Its HeartID software detects and distinguishes a heartbeat through the use of sensors. The resulting accuracy is greater than 99 percent, they say, which is on a par with existing fingerprint-enabled security. Foteini  Agrafioti developed the HeartID algorithm as part of her doctoral research at the university. The technology was transferred to Bionym, a company she launched with Karl Martin. HeartID could be licensed for use as an embedded security technology in video game controllers, tablet computers, cell phones, firearms, and automobiles. (PhysOrg)(University of Toronto)(Bionym)

New Authentication Approach Uses Implicit Learning

Stanford University researchers have developed a new authentication approach based on a cognitive psychology concept called implicit learning. In this concept, subjects learn patterns without being aware they are doing so. Via a computer game, the system delivers a secret password to the user without the user consciously knowing what the password is. The system uses patterns in playing the game that create the password. In testing, participants reauthenticated the series of 30 keystrokes by re-playing the game. Organizations could use the approach in high-security applications such as systems providing access to a secured area of a nuclear or military facility. With their system, researchers say, users could not be coerced into revealing the password because they aren’t conscious of it. They will be presented their work on 8 August at the USENIX Security Symposium in Bellevue, Washington. (PhysOrg)(NBCNews.com)(New Scientist)

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